杜文瀚宣教士夫婦更換汽車籌款已經足夠

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感謝天父恩典,以及弟兄姊妹的關心支持,杜文瀚宣教士夫婦更換汽車的籌款已經足夠。
願主親自報答大家的愛心!

杜文瀚宣教士婦——更換汽車籌款信

親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝你們過去13年支持我們的宣教工作,用禱告托住我們在南非的事奉。

        我們使用的小房車OPEL因長期走遠途,機件已經嚴重老化,它的車齡已超過12年(2006年出廠),最近多次在路上壞車(主要是離合器問題),要召喚拖車把車子送回廠修理。有次在短宣隊來作佈道期間壞車,結果要租車才能到東倫敦繼續短宣隊的佈道事奉。更加上維修零件費用昂貴,我們認為不值得再花金錢在這部車的維修上。因此我們決定向差會申請更換車子,以減省事工費中維修車子的開銷。

        更換汽車的申請已獲差會批准,我們會把OPEL汽車賣掉(Trade in),再購買一部二手的五人小房車,計劃如下:

        汽車牌子:VW或TOYOTA
        出廠年份:2017年左右
        車價:港幣HK$100,695(已扣除賣車OPEL所得費用)

        若你們在有感動支持,請將奉獻以劃線支票擲回中福團各地區辦事處,支票背面註明奉獻用途為「杜文翰更換汽車」。
        再次感謝你們的愛心支持!願上帝親自報答你們!

主僕
文瀚、玉潔

二O一八年四月四日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主為中文學校預備了四位新老師。首先,一位解老師代替那位已回國的老師。他有很好的中文水平,負責任教小學班,深信必能勝任。在未物色到解老師之前,文瀚也充當了幾週的代課老師,在預備教案,教學過程,整頓上課秩序及安排作業方面,都有很多的學習和體驗,更明白各位老師在教學背後默默地付出了很多。

        接著神預備了一位教當地成人中文班的老師,她是陳老師。因著有不少本地人來電查詢學中文之事情,我們再次開辦「成人中文班」來回應這個需要。更高興的是這位老師主動提出協助,「成人中文班」已正式開班了,盼望這個班能服侍更多本地人。

        還有一位張老師願意答應教幼兒班,其實幼兒班老師不容易物色,因為除了要有耐性之外,還需要有帶幼兒的經驗,引導三歲幼兒投入學校生活。我們更高興另有一位助教莊老師願意協助幼兒班。

        一切都是恩典。我們盼望有更多願意參與中文教學的弟兄姊妹前來協助,一同參與教學工作,並在教學中,以生命見証,傳揚福音。

        我們繼續定期參與東倫敦(East London)的福音工作。最近東倫敦的治安很差,幾個月內發生多起入屋行劫的案件,因此華人害怕晚上出門,也影響到聚會的人數。我們現在嘗試用微信查經方式,來鞏固弟兄姊妹的信心,並繼續定期探訪。求神打開更多傳福音的門,並切切為當地治安禱告。

        伊麗莎白港受旱災影響,目前水庫存水量不足25%,每一個巿民每天限制用水50公升。祈求神憐憫這地,降下更多雨水。也求神賜智慧,讓政府能用有效方法對抗旱災。

        文瀚的簽証正在辦理續期,仍在等候消息。請切切為這事祈禱。

        有一位長者去年回國,作身體撿查後發現患了癌症,跟著接受治療。病情危急時,在南非的女兒趕緊回國。回國後,她不斷在他耳邊講福音,勸他認罪悔改信耶穌,她爸爸果然有很大反應,邊聽著邊流淚,結果在母親、女兒和家人面前作了決志祈禱。第二天,他就安息了。感謝主拯救他!事實上,當她爸爸仍在南非的時候,我們時常探訪他,並向他傳福音,也跟他查考聖經,只是他那時未有正面回應,這次能在病中信主,我們為他獻上感恩。

代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,為中文學校預備了合適的老師。求神繼續使用這平台傳揚福音。
  2. 請為東倫敦的治安和每月一次的探訪佈道工作祈禱。
  3. 為文瀚的簽証續期祈禱。
  4. 為南非的旱災祈禱,求神賜下雨水。
  5. 為剛信主的王爸爸的家人祈禱,求神賜下安慰。
  6. 為在港未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。

主僕                        
文瀚、玉潔偕        
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

        這兩個月在約堡及萊索托共有三個家庭由於工作及簽証關係離開南非,雖然知道「天下無不散之筵席」,但內心總有點失落。回想他們初來教會時感到很陌生,對神的認識還在探索階段,在查經小組中學習,漸漸明白主的心意,受浸歸主,對教會產生了歸屬感和承擔,投身事奉,多年合作相處後成為好伙伴。儘管大家心中存著一絲離愁別緒,但相信友誼是上帝一種特別祝福,願主看顧他們以後的生活,屬靈生命得以持續成長。

        香港國際短宣使團三月差派了短宣隊前來南非,隊員一行十人先後到了紐卡索基督教會及約堡福音教會,主領了十多場聚會,有針對不同對象的佈道訓練,也有探訪活動。這些不同性質講座有:氣球佈道法、如何使用「珍貴的福音」小冊子向成年人佈道及如何分辨異端等,隊員又到安老院以福音粵曲向長者傳達神愛世人的信息,教導手掌操,長者們都笑逐顏開。難得有一群青年人來關懷他們,又送禮物,整個大廳頓時充滿了朝氣;短宣隊也參與了跨文化的工作,教導本地的小孩子唱詩及以氣球傳遞福音,帶動現場一片歡樂氣氛,小孩子也情不自禁歡呼起來。盼望這些福音種子能在小小的心田中發芽成長。

感恩及代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,約堡福音教會有幾位年青的弟兄很積極投入服事,求主加力,讓他們經歷服事的喜樂。
  2. 小兒子祉穎的大學將於四月底開始考試,求主加心力,體力,記憶力。
  3. 請為萊索托福音教會代禱,近日有弟兄姊妹因一些誤會,心中產生了疙瘩,因此也成為傳福音的攔阻,求主叫他們醒悟過來,免墮入魔鬼撒旦的圈套。

        謝謝您們與我們在宣教路上結伴同行,願福音廣傳,神的國繼續擴張,直到主來!

        祝主恩永隨!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

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安老院的長者們都動起來,很開心

安老院的長者們都動起來,很開心

信耶穌真好!小朋友們都很雀躍!

信耶穌真好!小朋友們都很雀躍!

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        十多年前在伊麗莎白港幫助事工時,我們就認識劉弟兄夫婦,那時他們開服裝店,孩子還沒對象,現在他們已做了爺爺和奶奶。幾年前他們搬到開普敦來重立基業,改行做糕餅麵食工廠。在南非,從事各行各業都有機會生存,當然對已上了年紀的他們並不容易,但基督的信仰給他們信心和力量堅持下去。他們深信是天父在供應他們,總是快快樂樂的,抱著希望的面對挑戰和失敗。每次探訪他們,總是聽到他們對神的感恩。雖然講到困難時也會請求替他們祈求,然仍總是充滿信心,知道神一定會幫助他們。南非麵粉品質和中國不同,所以他們生產的成品需要調整和研發,他們都能按部就班,謙卑的學習。他們生產的麵條特別爽口,一定加蛋,不加人工色素、添加劑和防腐劑,壓麵一定要壓到位,不怕生產費時。他們說賣吃的食品,不可以對人體有害。劉弟兄說他們的生產要對主負責,不要壞了基督的名聲。他們將聖經的教導「無論做甚麼,都要從心裡做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的」(西三23)實行在生活中,且有美好的見證。

        每次遇見劉弟兄夫婦的兒子和兒媳婦時,總是看見他們的笑容主動來打招呼。他們很細心的照顧著他們的爺爺和奶奶來教會聚會。你可以感覺到他們生活在一個快樂愛主的家庭中。他們的女兒(劉弟兄的孫女)雖然只有四歲,亦願意把玩具讓給別的孩子玩。每天開工,一家人在工廠裡,拉著手同心禱告,求主引領保守每天的生產及安全。劉弟兄夫婦不僅將基督的信仰生活出來,更將他們信仰承傳下去。

        劉弟兄夫婦有一對朋友張先生夫婦從中國來南非定居多年,與女兒女婿同住,並照顧兩個外孫女。但是,最近半年和新來居住的親家在相處上產生矛盾和困難,以至情緒失調,全家人的關係緊張,亦有暴力行為發生。他們從自已的立埸看事行事,所以糾結的很厲害。經由劉弟兄夫婦引見,我們這兩個月都去輔導張太太。目前事情稍有舒解,上次會面後,她發微信告知我們:「焦慮的心情放鬆很多,慶幸能認識你們,而且得到很大的幫助,我的心結在逐步打開,你們是上天派來解救我的恩人。」感謝主使用我們幫助了張太太,相信是神奇妙的安排,往開普敦幫助一位慕道友。她說她願意從閱讀微信資料來暸解基督教,請為張太太信主禱告。

        開普敦教會在南區週五晚上的查經班,參加的人很是踴躍。各人下班後就直接來我們的住處,先聚餐後查聖經。簡單的便食加上各人愛心帶來的佳餚和甜點,成了豐盛的一頓,大家盡情享用並閒話家常。每次查經之後,由於明天不用上班,不趕著回家的人就留下來聊天。在聚會中,在主裡的團契交流,讓每一個參加的人都感到溫馨。請你為這個聚會代禱,求主保守使用。

        最近德班教會週間的查經完成了查考新約書信,我們轉用專題式查經,上個星期開始了「基督徒與錢財」的專題,由教會同工帶領聚會。感謝主,大家都很感興趣,發言踴躍而且討論的很深入。本來預定一次研討的材料,只討論了一小部份,給帶領的同工很大的鼓勵和信心。求主使用她教導的恩賜,服事教會。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 南非事工需要多位新宣教士,求主差派。
  2. 請為各個教會的同工代禱,求主興起同工,賜予恩賜使他們能承擔教會事工的需要。
  3. 請為南非西開普敦省所需要的雨水向主祈求。
  4. 請為開普敦的張太太,周姓慕道友,德班的吳女士及許教授信主代禱,求主幫助他們謙卑在神的面前。
  5. 請繼續為開普敦教會的事工代禱,我們想在北區新設立一個查經小組,求主引領。
  6. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一八年四月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        I knew Brother Liu and his wife more than 10 years ago when I was helping with the ministry in Port Elizabeth.  They owned a retail shop at the time, and their son was still single.  They moved to Cape Town a few years ago and started a pastry factory.  Their son is now married with a daughter.  It is not easy for them to venture into a new business at their age, but their faith gives them strength and hope to face their failures as surmountable challenges.  Every time we visited them, there were no complains but joyful thanksgivings.  Even though they ask for prayers in their difficulties, they always have faith that God’s help is on its way.  Due to the different quality flour in South Africa, they had to test and revise their recipe so many times.  It was a long and humbling process.  The result, though, is a uniquely fresh and tasty product.  There are real eggs in the ingredients, but no preservative or additives.  They believe that they are responsible to God and would not produce food that can be harmful to the human body.  Christ’s reputation is at stake!  They are living out a real testimony of Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men …”

        Whenever we meet their son and daughter-in-law, they are always so pleasant and friendly.  When we take notice of how they care for their grandparents at church and how generously their little daughter shares her toys with other children, we see four generations of Christians living a blessed life together.  Every day before work, they will join their hands in prayer for The Lord’s leading and protection.  Brother Liu not only lives out his faith but also passes it on to the next generation.

        Brother Liu and his wife have known Mr. and Mrs. Zhang since they came to Cape Town to live with their daughter and son-in-law a few years ago.  They have been helping with caring for the two granddaughters since they were born.  The seemingly good life was disrupted when their son-in-law’s widowed mother came to live with them about six months ago.  There were different opinions on how the household should be run, and conflicts turned into violence.  Through Brother Liu and his wife, we were able to meet and counsel Mrs. Zhang these last two months.  After the last time we met, she sent us a WeChat message saying, “I am not so distressed now.  I am really grateful to have met you because you have helped me a lot.  I am starting to let things go.  You are my savior sent from heaven.”  We thank God for letting us to be His messenger to help Mrs. Zhang.  It is His amazing plan to fly us to Cape Town to meet her.  She also shows willingness to learn more about Christianity through the WeChat Christian sites we sent her.   Please pray for her salvation.

        The Bible study group at the south side of Cape Town has been growing.  It is now on Friday nights, and everyone comes to our apartment straight from work to have a home-made dinner before Bible study.  What usually starts as a simple meal quickly becomes a great feast with the various additional dish and desserts.  After Bible study, those who do not need to hurry home will stay and continue to chat.  Everyone enjoys the warm sharing and fellowship.   Please pray for this Bible study group.  May we learn to know the Lord and love one another more and more.

        The Tuesday Bible study group in Durban just finished the study of the New Testament.  We began a new approach to go by topics.  Last week was the first lesson on “Christian and Money” and was led by one of our co-workers.  Praise the Lord; there were great participations and discussions.  Even though she was only able to cover a small portion of the material, our co-worker was greatly encouraged.  May this be the beginning of her teaching ministry in the church.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for more missionaries to South Africa.
  2. Please pray for co-workers in the church. May God raise up more leaders with different gifts to serve together in the ministry.
  3. Please pray for rain in Cape Town.
  4. Please pray for the salvation of Mrs. Zhang and Mr. Zhou in Cape Town as well as Mrs. Wu and Professor Xu in Durban.
  5. Please continue to pray for the ministry in Cape Town. We are planning to start a second Bible study group on the north side of town.
  6. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,       
Ko-Ta & Christina

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杜文瀚宣教士婦——更換汽車籌款信

親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝你們過去13年支持我們的宣教工作,用禱告托住我們在南非的事奉。

        我們使用的小房車OPEL因長期走遠途,機件已經嚴重老化,它的車齡已超過12年(2006年出廠),最近多次在路上壞車(主要是離合器問題),要召喚拖車把車子送回廠修理。有次在短宣隊來作佈道期間壞車,結果要租車才能到東倫敦繼續短宣隊的佈道事奉。更加上維修零件費用昂貴,我們認為不值得再花金錢在這部車的維修上。因此我們決定向差會申請更換車子,以減省事工費中維修車子的開銷。

        更換汽車的申請已獲差會批准,我們會把OPEL汽車賣掉(Trade in),再購買一部二手的五人小房車,計劃如下:

        汽車牌子:VW或TOYOTA
        出廠年份:2017年左右
        車價:港幣HK$100,695(已扣除賣車OPEL所得費用)

        若你們在有感動支持,請將奉獻以劃線支票擲回中福團各地區辦事處,支票背面註明奉獻用途為「杜文瀚更換汽車」。
        再次感謝你們的愛心支持!願上帝親自報答你們!

主僕
文瀚、玉潔

二O一八年四月四日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,宣道會希伯崙堂潘達文傳道一家三口,與三位姊妹順利完成在2月15-25日的短宣服事。他們在新春期間,藉不同聚會,如探訪、佈道會,把福音傳給在南非的華人。中文學校及伊利沙白港福音教會合辦的春節慶祝會内容豐富,有全體學生獻唱「恭喜恭喜」、三位學生講故事、短宣隊獻唱「祝啊祝福你」、鋼琴獨奏、借扭氣球演繹「巨牆」,帶出福音信息,令大人小孩聽得津津有味。值得一提的是,今次短宣隊負責幾個義賣攤位,包括:專業拍照、扭不同造型氣球、做手工、賣豆腐花等,帶給每一位家長和來賓很多歡樂。這個新嘗試也吸引一些新朋友來參加,我們把義賣所得的款項捐給「無國界醫生」。

        完成在伊港的服事後,文瀚和短宣隊一同前往離開伊港300多公里的東倫敦(East London)。往東倫敦前一天汽車壞了,只有租車前往。東倫敦有兩個華人批發城,每個批發城都有三十至四十個店舖,附近小鎮有不少華商及本地人前來打貨,因此批發城人流特別多。我們有兩天到批發城,又往離開東倫敦50公里的威廉王城(King Williams Town)的小鎮尋找華人,作個人佈道。在週六晩舉行佈道會,參與的華人都十分興奮,他們期望再有類似聚會。當地的教會也十分支持,除了免費借用場地,更有教會牧師和弟兄姊妹一同來參與,並預備茶點。感謝主的預備,請記念東倫敦的福音工作,求神差派合適工人。

        中文學校順利在二月初開始新的學期。因個別老師的離開,我們需要更多長期委身的老師,一同參與教學工作,並在教學中以生命見証,傳揚福音。短宣隊能協助中文學校的服事,例如:春節、七月寒假、中秋節,都是辦活動的合適時期。期待更多弟兄姊妹能藉短宣隊參與事奉,並把宣教異象帶回教會。

        文瀚的簽証正在辦理續期,期望能順利通過。事實上,南非移民政策常常改動,以致工作証的申請也受影響,請切切為這事祈禱。

        二月中南非更換了總統,新總統是拉馬福薩,他原是執政黨的新主席。期望新總統和內閣能有智慧的管治,有效打擊貪污腐敗。

代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,二月短宣隊順利完成事奉,求神繼續使用隊員分享異象。
  2. 請為文瀚的簽証續期祈禱。
  3. 為中文學校的老師和教學工作,並家長及兒童的福音工作祈禱。
  4. 為南非的新總統祈禱,讓南非社會更廉潔。

主僕
文瀚、玉潔偕
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹
27/2/2018

東倫敦聚會情況

東倫敦聚會情況

春節慶祝會的扭氣球攤位

春節慶祝會的扭氣球攤位

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        十二月教會有不少活動,是事工比較繁忙的日子。聖誕節前的三個月,雅麗就開始為德班教會籌劃兒童的表演:選曲、練習、加上動作。每個星期的主日學後都需學習,利用錄影並找家長幫助督導。如此,雖然有時我們去別的城市服事,孩子們仍然可以練習;孩子們都很配合,他們也開心可以藉著表演來服事神。今年聖誕節是在星期一,德班的批發城放年假,一些在新華商城聚會的弟兄姐妹得以來到教堂聚會。來參加的人數比往年多一些,有近七十人。那天兒童的表演很成功,三個多月來的辛苦沒有白費。讓孩子學習有機會就要服事神,他們也親嘗服事的喜樂!

        在德班慶祝聖誕之後,我們飛到開普敦,因為十二月底我們在開普敦城外小鎮帕阿爾(Paarl)舉辦四天三夜的家庭營會。營會主題是「得豐盛生命」。講員劉俊義傳道引用約翰福音和約翰壹書,從認識生命的源頭,跟隨基督的生命,到基督徒豐盛生命的生活。為著配合主題,我們選定了兩部電影欣賞。一部電影是講人生的真正意義和生命的價值《一路上有你》(Simon Birch)。另一部電影是《心靈小屋》(The Shack),講述在苦難中全知全權的神對我們永恆不變的愛。

        這次的營會還有兩個與家庭生活有關的專題,一個是「培養及管教兒童」,由克達主講。他從兒童的心態和行為的動機,講到父母教導兒女的正確方法。另一個專題是「家庭健康須知」,由黃弟兄主講。黃弟兄是南非的全科醫生,他從南非醫療體制講到華人家庭應如何選取醫保,日常的預防和急診的需知。因為內容很豐富,亦很實用,大家都感到獲益不少。

        最後一晚是跨年之夜,我們先燒烤,然後有跨年篝火晚會,大家有很好的分享和交流。這次營會對不同的人有不同的收穫:教會一個新加入的家庭就有機會和大家一起生活,這家的弟兄比較不講話,但生活在一起,發現他其實蠻健談的;一位姐妹的弟弟才剛到南非三天,他在慕道,對他較觸動的是大家生活的見證,讓他能感受到大家像一家人。營會後,他繼續來參加主日聚會。上個主日,克達還與他談聖餐的意義。感謝主,他很願意明白基督教是什麼。請你為這位周先生的信主代禱。

        南非西開普敦省連續三年乾旱。現今開普敦市要施行六級限水,限制每人每天用水不超過五十公升;並開始零儲水倒數,預計到四月中旬就會到達零儲水。零儲水時,全市設二百個取水站,居民每人每天可領取二十五公升使用。進入零儲水勢必帶來經濟及民生壓力,希望不會引起治安的問題。這對開普敦華人教會的事工亦會有一些影響,我們靜觀其變。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請為西開普敦省所需要的雨水向主祈求。
  2. 請為周姓慕道友禱告,求主幫助他離開理智的分析,看見自己需要認罪悔改。
  3. 請繼續為開普敦教會的事工代禱,我們想在北區新設立一個查經小組,求主引領。
  4. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

您的同工
克達、雅麗

二零一八年二月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        December was a busy month.  About three months before Christmas, Christina had started preparation for the children’s performance for our Christmas celebration in Durban.  From picking songs, learning the Chinese lyrics, to dancing with challenging moves, every Sunday the children were cooperating and practicing diligently.  Due to our regular absence, some parents would take over the practice sessions while we were away.  Christmas was on Monday.  The Chinese wholesale center in Durban had a three-day break so brothers and sisters were able to come to the Christmas celebration.  There were around 70 people in attendance.  The children’s performance was a great success, and the children reaped the joy of serving God!

        After Durban’s Christmas celebration, we flew to Cape Town for a four-day-three-night family retreat held in Paarl.  The theme was “The Abundant Life.”  Pastor Liu used passages from the Gospel of John and I John to lead everyone through “knowing the origin of life,” “the life of following Christ” and “living the abundant life.”  We also showed two movies that corresponded with the main theme.  The first one was “Simon Birch” which emphasized the real meaning and value of life.  The other one was “The Shack” which depicted God’s unfailing love for us even in times of crisis.

        In addition, we had two workshops.  One workshop was on parenting.  Ko-Ta explained the underlying motives and thinking patterns of children for parents to respond with correct parenting tactics.  The other workshop was on family health.  Brother Huang is a practicing GP doctor in South Africa.  He detailed the medical system in South Africa, how to choose family insurance as well as daily prevention and emergency procedures.  It was well received as there were so many important and helpful information for every family.

        The last night was New Year Eve.  We had a barbeque and great sharing time.  Everyone felt the closeness in Christ!  A family just joined our church, and the husband was very quiet.  Through this retreat we discovered that he actually was very open and enjoyed fellowship with other Christians.  A sister’s brother just arrived in South Africa three days before the retreat.  He was impressed with the warmth and love in Christ’s family.  He continues to come to church after the retreat.  Last Sunday before church, Ko-Ta had the chance to evangelize to him through explaining the Holy Communion.  Praise the Lord; he was very willing to further understand what Christianity is about.  Please pray for Mr. Zhou’s salvation.

        There is a serious drought in the West Cape Province.  At this moment, Cape Town is under Level 6 water restriction.  That means everyone is allowed a daily water consumption of 50 liters.  Cape Town has already started the countdown to Day Zero (at present, it is set in the middle of April).  From that day on, everyone can only get 25 liters of water per day from one of the 200 water stations.  That will certainly create tensions on Cape Town’s people, its economy as well as law and order.  It may also affect the ministry of the Cape Town church.  We will have to wait and see.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for rain in Cape Town.
  2. Please pray for Mr. Zhou so he would not just analyze Christianity but knowing his need to repent of his sins to be saved.
  3. Please continue to pray for the ministry in Cape Town. We are planning to start a second Bible study group on the north side of town.
  4. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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各位親愛的禱伴平安:

把握機會,多作主工

        時間飛逝,轉眼間已踏入2018年,深感人生不能渾渾噩噩的度過,有很多東西失去了都可能復得,惟獨生命不可以重來,所以要努力過每一天才不致失去生命的方向和目的。

        聖誕節是一個關乎萬民的日子,是神救贖工作的計劃,我們趁著這個機會到不同的城市(新堡,萊索托,伊利沙伯港)佈道宣講,傳遞神愛世人信息,請在禱告中記念那些在佈道會中決志的朋友,求神賜他們有堅定的信心,一生跟隨主的腳踪,活出基督的香氣。

在新堡的紐卡索基督教會聚會情況

在新堡的紐卡索基督教會聚會情況

這一生最美的祝福,就是能認識主耶穌,這一生最美的祝福,就是能信靠主耶穌。…….

        文弟兄是從中國公司派來南非的技術員,剛抵步時他常感到生活充滿壓力,精神空虛,後經一位同事介紹來到約堡福音教會。起初他只視教會為認識新朋友的途徑,可以擴大自己的活動圈子,在心靈上也得到一些慰藉;但接觸多了,漸漸對信仰產生興趣,也學會禱告。有一天晚上他對神禱告說:「神啊!如果祢是真神,就讓我把煙戒掉吧!」當時他的內心仍存著很多疑惑,心想:「抽不抽煙是由我自己的意志力控制的,如果我沒有戒煙的決心,我可以選擇繼續抽下去。」但到了第二天,奇妙的事情發生了,當他點燃了一根香煙準備抽的時候,卻聞到一股惡臭味從冒升的煙中傳出來,他立時想起前一個晚上的禱告,這位又真又活的神果然聽了一個小信的人的祈求,行了一個神蹟,讓他厭惡聞到煙味,文弟兄就這樣把煙戒掉了。

        由於文弟兄接到公司通知於去年底被調回中國,他向國權提出要受浸的要求。上了浸禮課程,確知他明白信仰的內容後,教會為他安排在一位弟兄家中的游泳池舉行浸禮。那天文弟兄分享了他的得救見證,原來他是一個怕黑又怕鬼的人,他說現在除了敬畏神之外,甚麼都不怕了,因為深信那在他裏面的,比那在世界上的更大。感謝讚美主!

在游泳池舉行浸禮

在游泳池舉行浸禮

弟兄姊妹紛紛送上祝福及致送禮物

弟兄姊妹紛紛送上祝福及致送禮物

大家用心聆聽文弟兄分享見證

大家用心聆聽文弟兄分享見證

這聖經能使你因信耶穌基督有得救的智慧

        由於聖經是神的話語,是人類朝向真善美的藍圖、法則,更是每個信徒不可或缺的生命之糧,故約堡福音教會2018年度目標為「紥根聖言,行道蒙福」,教會將全程起動推行讀聖經及靈修,已定下多個推行計劃,求神賜弟兄姊妹有力量聽道行道,有持久力能全年讀經一遍,有記憶力背頌聖經金句,有悟性領受及明白神的話。

        祝新年蒙恩,事奉得力!

您的同路人
國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        南非的十一月和世界各地一樣出現異常的氣候,大冰雹、狂風、大暴雨。極端劇烈的氣候帶來自然的災害,也造成許多的悲劇和傷亡。十一月中,南非微信僑民網路新聞報導:在自由省布魯芳登暴風雨中發生一件嚴重車禍。從新聞中描述車禍的地點和車型,我們知道喪生的是我們認識了十五年的蘇姐妹。許多熟識她的弟兄姐妹也為她突然離世而傷痛。十五年前,她初到南非波沙貝魯的成衣工廠工作時,我們就認識了她。那時,她是慕道友,每次坐車都會暈車,克達車速都只能開在十公里上下。還好,我們是在工業區內接送,不必上公路。我們擔心她會因此中斷,但是她依然堅持來參加學習。我們大家也都為她的暈車禱告,感謝主,她後來就不再暈車了。幾個月之後,她信了主,克達為她施洗。

        信主之後,蘇姐妹一直信心單純的專一信靠主。她和丈夫初創業時,受人欺負,她都能原諒和感恩。神為他們伸冤另開生路。那時,因為勞資的問題,引致許多華人成衣廠遷走或關閉。多年來,神卻源源不斷供給他們有訂單可做。我們在工廠區的事工也因工廠搬走而停止。因為路途遙遠,所以蘇姐妹不常有機會來聚會。但是,一點不影響她的信心。許多年,當路過波沙貝魯的成衣工廠區,若有時間,克達就會去探望蘇姐妹夫婦,她總是喜樂的招待。運作成衣工廠很是不容易,有時我們要去幫助她翻譯。所以,知道他們經營工廠的艱難。有時,她會提出需要我們禱告祈求的困難情況。但是,從未看過她憂愁煩惱或抱怨過。她總是很平靜。因為她有神做主,她總是有平安和喜樂在心中。她用她單一信靠的心見證了神的信實。

        南非西開普敦省出產不少水果,開普敦教會在十一月初辦了一次草莓園之遊,全教會一起去採草莓。除了飽餐清甜的草莓外,採來的草苺以一半市價買回家,大夥都滿載而歸。大家興緻盎然,相約這個週末要一起去採櫻桃,並且一起燒烤。感謝主,這些活動將大家的感情拉近了,可以更多交流和互動。借著這些活動,我們也和教會的成員更多交往,建立更緊密的關係。這個關係是我們事工的基石。有了這個基石,我們才能深耕我們的服事。

        最近,教會中幾位成員個别約我們尋求輔導,他們將生活中的問題和我們分享。他們的信任讓我們感到是一份特權和一份從神給我們的托付。我們將自己在主裡學到的功課與他們分享,和他們一起禱告,安慰他們,鼓勵他們,扶持他們繼續行在神的旨意之中。感謝神!見到本來很焦慮的人,平靜下來,能依靠主,滿有信心的生活。經過輔導,信心軟弱充滿自責的人,恢復信心,願意改正,為要討主喜悅而行。我們看見神的大能,施慈愛憐恤幫助憂傷痛悔的人。請你為那些有需要的弟兄姐妹禱告,求主恩待他們。也請為我們禱告,求主賜給我們智慧的話語,幫助仍然在輔導中的弟兄姐妹。

請你為這些需要代禱:
1. 請你為南非工場需要多名宣教士代禱。求主差派工人來南非事奉。
2. 請為開普敦教會的輔導事工代禱。求主賜給我們適當的話語開導有需要的人。
3. 請為這個月底在開普敦舉辦的營會代禱,為天氣,為講員,報名和專題講座代禱。
4. 請為我們事工在德班,紐卡索,開普敦教會的正常運作代禱。
5. 請為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

您的同工
克達、雅麗
二零一七年十二月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Similar to other parts of the world, South Africa experienced severe weather in November with strong winds, thunderstorms and hails.  This extreme phenomenon resulted in many natural disasters as well as lost lives.  In mid-November, there was a news report of a deadly car accident in Bloemfontein.  From the description of the accident location and the car model, we knew that the victim was our Sister Su.   We met Sister Su when she came to work in one of the manufacturing factories in Botshabelo about 15 years ago.  She was not a Christian then.  She suffered from motion sickness, and Ko-Ta had to keep his car speed under 10 km/hour whenever she was in the car.  Fortunately, we only needed to travel within the industrial area, and she kept on coming to our meetings.  We prayed for her illness, and she miraculously experienced God’s healing.  A few months later, she accepted Christ and was baptized.

        After she became a Christian, Sister Su followed Christ whole-heartedly with a genuine faith.  She faced a lot of unfair treatments when she started her own factory with her husband.  However, she did not harbor any hard feelings but always filled with thanksgiving for God’s providence and protection.  As many factories left that area, our ministry at that location was suspended a couple years later.  Since she was far from Bloemfontein, she was not able to come to church regularly.  Nevertheless, her faith remained strong.  Whenever we visited her, she received us joyfully.  At times we would help her as her translator with customers and labor authorities.  It was not easy running a factory, but she never showed any worries or complaints.  She always remained calm because God was her Lord and that gave her joy and peace in her heart.  Her single-hearted faith was a true testimony of God’s faithfulness.

        The Western Cape in South Africa produces many different kinds of fruit.  The Cape Town church went to pick strawberries in early November.  In addition to tasting sweet juicy strawberries, everyone bought some home at half of the market price.  This weekend we will be going cherry picking and barbeque.  Praise the Lord, these activities let everyone get to know each other better.  We are also able to build up relationships with the congregation.  This is really the stepping stone for our service to the church.

        Recently, a few brothers and sisters started to contact us for counseling.  They opened themselves up to us and seek our help.  Their trust in us makes us feel privileged to be able to fulfill God’s call.  We shared with them the lessons we learned; we prayed with them; we comforted and encouraged them to continue to walk with God.  It is exciting to see the down casted stood up, willing to own up their mistakes, pick up the pieces and walk in faith again.  We experience the mercy and mighty work of God in those who are broken and contrite.  Please pray for this special need.  May the Lord’s grace be with them.  Please also pray for us that we will speak with words of wisdom from above.

Prayer Requests:

  1. May the Lord send more workers to South Africa.
  2. Please pray for wisdom for us in counseling those in need in the Cape Town church.
  3. Please continue to pray for the preparation and messages for the December retreat in Cape Town.
  4. Please continue to pray for the ministries in Durban, Cape Town and Newcastle.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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